Monday, March 1, 2010

Shane MacGowan & Friends • I Put a Spell on You

A charity single to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake (just as Chile suffers its own a few weeks later), this one is miles better than the usual "We Are the World" stuff. Strangely, this one is attributed to Shane MacGowan, one of The Pogues, and also one of the world's worst singers! (Alright, alright... I like The Pogues, but you know what I mean.) Well, he's the guy who put it all together (and his girlfriend Victoria Clarke), so it's to his credit.

Luckily, Shane's friends are here to help, and that includes Chrissie Hynde, Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Johnny Depp (?), Cait O'Riordan (former Pogue), and the perfectly suited to sing this Screamin' Jay Hawkins song, Nick Cave. Sure, it's not the CCR version of the song—still my favorite—but it's pretty good and it's a nice way to help. Thanks to my friend Alan for telling me about this.

Watch the video here.
Pre-order the digital download of the single here.
3/5 but 5/5 thanks to the charity angle! (

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